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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 10:33:27AM
1,302 posts

A little help please


Dread Maintenance

Hi Justin. Think of a long piece of thin wire...now force it up to make it shorter like you did with your backcombing...that wire is now like a spring isn't it...that is now like your hair. You are doing great.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 10:26:05AM
1,302 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

I think it is the head and shoulders inside your dreads. Baking soda can be bought from any grocery store in the baking section. Make sure to purchase baking soda, not baking powder. I buy mine at a bulk food store, either way, it is cheap. If you use the apple cider vinegar the site recommends, that can also be purchased at the grocery store. Almost all shampoos will leave behind a residue, so they are a no no. Until you can afford to purchase dread soap or dread shampoo, I would stick to the baking soda. Good luck & remember to soak your head to get the Head & Shoulders out of the core of your dreads. Greetings to Norway

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 10:14:00AM
1,302 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Lenore, Head & Shoulders is not good for dreads and will leave a reside in your hair, some even have built in conditioners which will make any knots slip out and you want them to stay in. The shampoo & bars from dreadlockshampoo.com is recommended, but I have not used it yet. At 11 months, I still use the baking soda wash, natural with no residue build up. I would lay in the tub for 1/2 hour and soak hair underwater to let all the head & shoulders get out of the backcombed dreads, then next wash use the baking soda. Do you know the recipe for BS?

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 10:02:17AM
1,302 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Oh yes, what are you washing with since you think it might be residue making your dreads tight?

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 10:01:30AM
1,302 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Hi Lenore. Are you washing 2-3 times a week? You should be, they will mature quicker. Doing backcombing or twist & rip is only like a guideline or blueprint of where you want the dreads. They will in no way keep the same appearance and when you first did them. They NEED to loosen in order to turn into mature dreads. Your sections will loosen, slowly shrink, loop and zig zag on their journey to dreads, This will happen all in the first year for you. Around the face line & behind the ears, they tend to slip out quicker due to our natural face oils, they take the longest to dread, and that's okay. They should not have been done very tight because they do need to loosen, so make sure you do not re-do or re-tighten anything or you will set your hair back to the beginning stages. Natural dreads take time, patience and are worry free, so hey, don't worry. Just wash & separate any sections trying to join together. Relax and enjoy your ride, Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/21/13 12:01:45AM
1,302 posts

dreaded beards


Introduce Yourself

Looking at yours they have wonderful knots like a tree branch and years of history. I see what you mean, his is cylindrical shaped.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/20/13 11:39:47PM
1,302 posts

dreaded beards


Introduce Yourself

New cast member on Survivor season 26. Love the dreaded beard with bead. Hey guys, got a pic you want to post to show off yours? Know of an awesome female one, share, share, share. Peace be with you all


updated by @the-barrellady: 02/14/15 07:30:21AM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/19/13 11:02:32PM
1,302 posts

Alopecia and loctitians making more money after the fact.


salon and loctician dreads recovery

OMG, that poor lady. She has been going there 5 or 6 years, and look what happened! Now the lady is telling her to do daily maintenance, WTF

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/19/13 10:47:06PM
1,302 posts

soap for dreads


Dread Maintenance

Hi all. I've always used a Nag Champa soap bar I purchase from this fantastic retro shop I visit that also sells incense sticks etc. I love washing my skin with it and never felt residue that other soaps seem to have when washing. In the beginning of my journey I would use the bar on my dreads once a month, otherwise I always use baking soda.

Well, tonight I was sitting in the tub, waiting my 20 minutes for the BS to do its charm. Usually I have a tea in there, a smoke (only time I smoke in the house, I have a window in the bathroom) and quiet time reading. but tonight my ritual was changed, and I decided to wash my body with the soap while I was bathing in the tub instead of when I shower out the baking soda. I was amazed to see that floating on the surface of the water was soap scum, scum that I did not even know my $8 soap had. In the past 11 months I had to use anti-residue shampoo twice to clean my dreads, and now I know why, I thought perhaps it was my well water.

My dreadie friends, if you do not get guaranteed dread soap, like from dreadlockshampoo.com, then I recommend you do the bath test & see if it leaves the residue. If you see that layer of soap scum floating on top of the water, then never, ever use it on your dreads. Hope this helps you.


updated by @the-barrellady: 11/11/15 10:09:49AM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/19/13 09:04:03PM
1,302 posts

Advice??


General Questions

Hi Skylee. You are living the hippie lifestyle, so why the rush then for long dreads? Hippies are free spirited, and laid back, and dreads should be too. Instead of being rushed and wanting them today, give yourself a 5 year goal on how you want your natural, free form dreads to look. In five years you can look back at your journey and go wow..Each bump, inch and strand will hold your past, your stories & history. Dreads you grow will be a huge part of you, you'll appreciate them for what they are.

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